The Only Hell For Dogs – Puppy Mills

Hi ( Woofs & Barks), my name is Cookie i don’t know what breed i am but my vet thinks i am a year old.

You see i was born in a puppy mill. A puppy mill is a place where dogs are made to have puppies over and over again till they die!!!!!. We are hundreds in number where some of us are kept in cages, we occupy every corner possible. We haven’t seen the light of day nor have we seen the moon shine radiantly at nights. We all are alive for one purpose alone that is to breed till our last breath. For us dogs, food and water bowls are a luxury that we very rarely see. For our meals as scarce as they are,are served on the cold bare floor mingled with our feces and urine. Our mill is never cleaned by anybody, we are never bathed and our coat is often either matted or covered with sores and parasite(ticks & fleas) bites. Some of us have been sick for too long our wounds rotting away,cancerous growths,maggot wounds- our miseries are never ending.

Puppy Mill
Puppy Mill

Then one day in June i had my first litter of 7 pups out of which 2 of them that were very weak didn’t make it through the night. Whelping was a very painful and scary experience for me. I did not know what to do and with nobody around to help me – i was still so very young and not ready for this experience.

My pups were snatched away from me and sold to a market once they were old enough to eat on their own but i doubt whether they were really ready for most of them never managed to get enough milk from my frail body. As i was lying in my space after being bullied by the neighboring alpha dog we heard a lot of sounds and the mill doors burst open with a bunch of angry people. We were so scared, so many of us whined,barked, so many of us tried to bite the very hand that were trying to help us they had indeed come to rescue us with kind smiles.

The lot of us that weren’t sick were packed off to a place they called shelter. Even though the people at the shelter were very kind ,we were scared and not accustomed to this kind of attention. I was in something that they call a kennel where i had ample space not to just turn around but could walk as well. The best part were the clean beds that i now slept on and the food enough to fill our stomachs and more. Real food in a shiny bowl that i could see another dog in or wait a woofy minute is that me?. Of course i was not used to a food in a bowl so i tipped it and ate from the floor.

When i was strong and healthy i was then STERILIZED- no more puppies for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. When i had recuperated completely the following day my new mommy to be arrived. She sat down next to me and spoke to me in a gentle voice and her touch felt soft and reassuring.

The next day, my new mommy arrived, wrapped me in a warm, clean blanket and drove me to my new home.  She spoke softly to me all the way and told me about my new brother and sisters and all the love and attention that I would receive.  I was petrified.  I did not know what a home or love and attention was. She gave me a new name “Cookie”.

At my new home, my mom took me out of the car and put me on the grass.then she let the other dogs out and they were very happy to see me. My dogma (my human mother) served me food and water but yet i was scared- i had never been inside a home before-but as long as i could see her,i felt alright. I slept with my dogma in her bed, under the duvet. So soft,clean,warm and safe. No more raw feathery chicken for me as she whipped up something special for me. I now have enough to eat,clean water in a clean bowl that is never empty. My dogma is the best cook in the whole world.

It took some time for me to get used to my new life. For the most part of my life i was surrounded by sick,scared,desperate and unhappy dogs and puppies. Now suddenly,everything was new and strange. So many new sounds and tastes. I was now toilet trained, dogma was patient when she trained me. Nobody had ever offered me a treat,given me a bath or groomed me. Never mind love and attention. I was used to sleeping on cold hard surfaces and had to fight for my food and shelter. It took a while to realize that it was okay to eat when i am hungry,sleep when i am tired. When i need attention or a cuddle, i can just ask and its given in abundance.

I am beginning to like people!!!. A few days after i went to my new home,my mom had to go out, and when she came back i was happy to see her that i wagged my tail and smiled at her. She went crazy,so i did it again .I do think my dogma is a bit mad as she keeps forgetting my name she calls me love,jaan, sweety, choochiko or something a lot like that.

I am so happy now. I hope more people become aware of the intolerable cruelty that lots and lots of animals suffer at the hands of humans. Thank you people at the shelter for giving me a new leash on life.

I cant stop wagging my tail and if it should fall off……………well i  am sure dogma will get me a new and a better one:)

72 thoughts on “The Only Hell For Dogs – Puppy Mills

  1. Cookie, I’m so glad you were saved from such a horrible, horrible place. I hope that all puppy mills get shutdown! You are definitely one of the lucky ones and you’ve found the perfect forever home with your dogma.

  2. I think puppy mills are horrible, and I wish there was a way to stop puppy mills and other irresponsible breeders. The dogs who are rescued from puppy mills often have so many fear issues and behavior issues because they missed out on so much socialization and other life experiences. It is really so sad. I am glad that Cookie had a happy ending in your story!

    • Yes its sad that when people decide to buy a puppy they don’t do much resarch or bother about the background. Most people don’t know that they end up supporting these puppy mills. An ethical breeder will not have pups to sell 365 days a year, his pups will be well socialised and confident

    • I hope so too. Right now here in India we are staging a nation wide protest against cruelty towards animals tomorrow nearly 70 states are participating

  3. Puppy Mills are awful. I have heard so many stories like Cookie’s. We promote adoption with our #rescuesrock campaign and support legal campaigns against animal cruelty and puppy mills. We also encourage people to do their research before getting a dog. There are some wonderful breeders out there who love dogs and breed healthy happy confident socialized puppies, but people need to make sure. My Kilo the Pug is a rescue, possibly a puppy mill survivor as he was not socialized etc. I also adopted my previous dogs and cats.

    • Always heart warming to know when people have made wise choices to adopt and a special yay for ethical breeders who are responsible

  4. I applaud you for writing about topics like this and I’m so glad I read your blogs. Even though it happens, I can’t bring myself to even think about this kind of thing let alone write about it! Well done ? Ree Love30

  5. Perfectly written! They should really stop all puppy mills. And everyone should really be careful where to buy a pup. Don’t buy from a puppy mill. We can all stop them by doing so. My dog isn’t from a puppy mill, but she was a stray dog. I recognize a few things. She was very scared as well. For almost everything. But she learned to trust. And made so much progress!

  6. What a beautifully written post, you get the point across about puppy mills so well. I love that this written in the voice of Cookie. I’m so happy cookie was saved and now has the life she deserves. So much more regulation & enforcement is needed around puppy mills and “backyard breeders”. It’s unacceptable! Sharing!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  7. I’m so glad that you and all of your friends were rescued from that puppy mill, Cookie! Puppy mills are horrible places that show the darkness of some human hearts. I don’t understand how someone could do that to an animal. At least you are safe now and I’m sure your dogma is thrilled to have you in her home. 🙂

  8. That first image really got me, how horrific. So glad your story has a happy ending. I have shared this gripping article on Twitter & Facebook, and brought it to two leading advocates against Puppy Mills…. Marc the Vet @Pupaid in the UK #WheresMum, and Oscars Law in Australia #IWantOscarsLaw

  9. So happy that Cookie made it out of that horrible excuse for a life. 🙁 Puppy mills are vile and I am ashamed that several states in our country still think they are OK to operate. My son came home from school one day last week and told me his friend was getting a corgi from a breeder in Missouri, which is notorious for mills (we are in Virginia), and he had a photo of the dog that was printed off the internet. Makes my heart hurt.

  10. Ashamed as hell!! Just a blog post away I was so proud of how some of us hv helped a stray… Here we are again to sqare one?….. Milking every opportunity we get to make money…I’m sure ppl operating these mills care least of what we think about any such forceful breeding grounds….but hoping out criticisms won’t go to deaf ears and some how help shutting such prisons for our four legged friends… Thanks Mallu for bringing not just the good but also the dark side of our society to our notice….coz Awarness is like the sun. When it shines on things it gets transformed…

  11. That’s just savage. I’m not saying that we have to treat animals as if they were humans, but at least respect their own rights and the rhythm of nature itself.

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